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A Year in Comics - February 21st


René Hausman was born in Verviers, Belgium on February 21st 1936.  At the Verviers grammar school, his French teacher was Maurice Marechal (1922-2008). A self-educated artist, he made scientific drawings for educational purposes during his military service at the age of 17,  as well as his first illustrations and cartoons for the weekly Le Moustique.  One year later, at the age of 18, he dropped out of school to concentrate on a profession in illustration.  As a starting artist, Hausman returned to his former French teacher to ask him for advice - by this time, Maurice Marechal had established himself as a comic artist - and Marechal's neighbour happened to be Raymond Macherot (1924-2008), also a comic artist.  Together, the pair helped Hausman hone his skills.

Through Marechal and Macherot, Hausman was introduced to the Tintin weekly in 1958, where he did some illustrating work; however he soon switched to rival publication Spirou, where he published his first comic series, the poetic Saki & Zunie, written by Yvan Delporte, about a boy and girl hunter living in a prehistoric world.  However, Hausman mainly illustrated nature articles in the weekly, proving himself to be a talented illustrator of the animal kingdom.  He also occasionally illustrated fairytales, and by the end of the 1960s he had abandoned comics altogether.

In 1976, Hausman switched from illustration work to comics once more, starting out by illustrating erotic stories for the then-newly established French comic publication Fluide Glacial, and revisiting his character Zunie, updated in a more adult fashion.

In 1987, Hausman, together with scriptwriter Pierre Dubois, created the fairytale heroine Laïyna, which firmly established him as a fantasy artist.  This collaboration was followed by numerous others, such as Le Prince des Écureuils (1998) with Yann, and Le Chat qui courait sur les Toits (2010) with Michel Rodrigue; however Hausman also wrote and illustrated a number of books himself, such as Les Chasseurs de l'Aube (2003) and Le Camp-Volant (2007)

Other than his fantasy and nature comics, Hausman also illustrated numerous series of stamps with local animals for the Belgian post, and designed the logo of the Belgian beer La Chouffe.

As fate would have it, the final comic Hausman completed was a title from the classic Belgian series Chlorophylle, a series originally started by his one-time mentor Raymond Macherot in the 1950s.

René Hausman passed away on April 28th 2016, aged 80.


An awe-struck Pumori the half-werewolf encounters Laïyna and her fairytale friends...


63rd entry out of ?

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burstlion Featured By Owner Feb 21, 2017  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Way cool!  Awesome that when he returned to comics it was with erotic work :la:
JSH50 Featured By Owner Feb 21, 2017
Whats Tina Turner doing there? :D
kanyiko Featured By Owner Feb 22, 2017  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
You naughty person! XD
JSH50 Featured By Owner Feb 22, 2017
:D (Big Grin) 
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